Thursday, September 13, 2007
Many nights we leave our windows open and you can hear the sounds of the city. We are more than 15 stories up so you can hear the voices of people walking by, the ever present motorcycles, and occasionally the stomach churning sound of someone screeching on the brakes and the immediate "thud" of two cars striking each other. We see at least one wreck a week in the summer time when more people are out cruising; in the winter generally people are just passing through.
Usually I don't take a picture because it is kind of voyeuristic but this time I had to make an exception. Binny's, the gargantuan and fantastic liquor store right near my building, has an incredibly packed parking lot. The lot reminds me of one of those tile games where you have only one empty square and you need to move the squares around until you finally win. People pull in and out, across each other, and then try to turn across busy Grand avenue, which is already a zoo because it is two way up to the corner of Wells and then one way on the other side. Wells is one way going south so inevitably everyone who isn't here is confused about something. Plus, you don't want to stand in the way of someone 1) who is seeking liquor 2) who just bought their liquor and wants to go home and imbibe.
Well, the thud was an accident right outside my door and who could it be but 1) someone who just bought liquor 2) the ever present annoying cab drivers. A match made in heaven, apparently.